This whole off-season the story behind the Cardinals was that they were rebuilding. They didn’t have a Quarterback on their roster until Free Agency began. They got an oft-injured but really talented one in Sam Bradford. They went and filled the spot behind him with Mike Glennon, one of the better backups in the league.
The draft came around and they finally got a young future guy in Josh Rosen. But the story remained the same, this team had too many holes to compete this year.
The realistic fans may have agreed, but you always have those fans who don’t want to look at it that way.
Those fans now have an ally.
Good Morning Football started answering 100 questions, one each day, for the 100 days that were remaining until football kicks off. Their 94th question was “Which rookie coach has best chance of winning Coach of the Year?”. Nate Burleson went with Lions coach Matt Patricia, which is understandable considering who he has at Quarterback.
However, Peter Schrager went with Cardinals head man Steve Wilks.
His key point was the fact that they added a defensive coach to help coach their talented defensive pieces. David Johnson returns as well, and he believes in the Cardinals quarterback room. He believed that not only could the team compete for a playoff spot, they have a shot at their division as well.
I personally disagree. I think Arizona will perform better than most expectations, but they would need a lot to fall into place for them to win their division. Perhaps they can find a way to sneak into the playoffs, and we saw how that went in 2008, but again, they would need a huge return from David Johnson, Sam Bradford to remain 100% healthy (or as close to 100% as he is capable), and their Defense to play as well as they have in years past.
What do you think though? Does Steve Wilks have an opportunity to be Coach of the Year in his first season? Do we sneak into the playoffs, win the division, or do we play somewhere in between?